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What are some precautions I can take to avoid having an allergic reaction?

What are some precautions I can take to avoid having an allergic reaction?

Become an expert: Become an expert at reading the ingredient labels on foods at the grocery store, and don’t be afraid to ask restaurants specific questions about their dishes. Remember, cooking food in the same pan after another can lead to contamination. Food allergy is serious: the more you know the better you can protect yourself. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Do you know of any safe medication i could take to curb my allergic reactions to crab and shrimps? & what causes these

Do you know of any safe medication i could take to curb my allergic reactions to crab and shrimps? & what causes these

No : Do not eat foods that you are allergic to under any circumstances. These foods are like poison to you and taking some medication to dampen your allergic response is not healthy. There are plenty of other foods to eat beside crab and shrimp. ...Read more

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What are some substitutes for pain control if I have an allergic reaction to vicodin?

What are some substitutes for pain control if I have an allergic reaction to vicodin?

Options: Vicodin is hydrocodone/acetaminophen(tylenol) and so your reaction is possibly due to the hydrocodone component (assuming you have taken tylenol without concerns). Also, you will need to define what you consider "allergic reaction" as many reactions are side effects. If you have already tried some nsaids like naproxen, mobic, (meloxicam) voltaren, etc then i would consider tylenol 3 or Percocet as options. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to a probiotic? Want to take them but scared that will cause harm.

What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to a probiotic? Want to take them but scared that will cause harm.

VERY UNLIKELY: I do not remember EVER hearing of a bad reaction t a probiotic preparation!! In fact probiotics are used in the TREATMENT of allergy in children Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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If im allergic to ibuprofen what other medications should I avoid?

If im allergic to ibuprofen what other medications should I avoid?

NSAIDs: First, ask your doc how allergic you are. In other words, what's your allergy. Upset stomach isn't an allergy but hives & swelling of tongue/lips are considered part of allergic reaction. Ibuprofen is part of the NSAID family. Other members are Naproxen & even aspirin. Remainder are only available by prescription so you need to chat w/your family doc anyway to be sure s/he knows what's going on. ...Read more

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I had a severe allergic reaction to keflex. Can i trust taking other antiobios in the future without being pre-tested? How to know if allergic again?

I had a severe allergic reaction to keflex. Can i trust taking other antiobios in the future without being pre-tested? How to know if allergic again?

Many options: Antibiotics are in a number of chemical classes. With a severe reaction to Keflex (also called cefazolin), you should avoid antibiotics in the cephalosporin and probably the penicillin class, as there is a higher chance of cross reactivity. Typically, we will give antibiotics in a different chemical class rather than testing. For you, examples may be clindamycin, Ciprofloxacin or vancomycin. ...Read more

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Can someone be allergic to anti-histamines and what else can you take if an allergic reaction occurs?

Can someone be allergic to anti-histamines and what else can you take if an allergic reaction occurs?

Occasionally yes: but not to all antihistamines, often times the allergy is to an inactive ingredient in the drug, but true allergy to antihistamines is there, rare though, if need be you can try 2nd or third generation antihitamine under your doctor's supervision, goo luck ...Read more

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Girlfriend allergic to latex are non latex really safe for me and her or will cause allergic reaction what about polyurathsne and the skyns condom ?

Girlfriend allergic to latex are non latex really safe for me and her or will cause allergic reaction what about polyurathsne and the skyns condom ?

Latex allergies...: Latex is a plastic and has chemical stabilizers, so is not just a single ingredient. One may not know which ingredient(s) in latex items she is allergic to. That means one can't be sure that all "non-latex" items won't cause a reaction. The polyurethane and synthetic condoms can be presumed safe from latex allergies, and protect agaisnt STD's. The natural "lamb" ones may have less STD protection. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm having an allergic reaction to something and would it be ok to take 3 beenedryl for a minor reaction ?

How do I know if I'm having an allergic reaction to something and would it be ok to take 3 beenedryl for a minor reaction ?

Allergic Reaction: Not sure what you mean by allergic reaction. If you are referring to anaphylaxis (hives, swelling, vomiting, shortness of breadth, etc) then epinephrine is the treatment of choice, call 911. Allergic rhinitis (congestion, sneezing, eye itch) is treated with OTC antihistamines, nasal sprays, saline rinses, etc. See an Allergist first to determine exactly what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to nsaids can I take oxycodone-aspirin? What are my actual options for pain relief? Also allergic to acetamenophine

If I am allergic to nsaids can I take oxycodone-aspirin? What are my actual options for pain relief? Also allergic to acetamenophine

Depends: If your allergy is to a specific nsaid like naproxen (more rare), then yes. If your allergy is not IgE-medicated, but rather causes hives or perhaps other side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort, then yes. Side effects could be treated. If your allergy is to all nsaids (such as in a aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease), then no unless desensitized. See an Allergist to differentiate. ...Read more

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What medications can I take if I am allergic to dogs, prior to visiting with family/friends that own pets?

What medications can I take if I am allergic to dogs, prior to visiting with family/friends that own pets?

Depends: Depends on your symptoms, but a good otc antihistamine like Cetirizine or fexofenadine is a good start for nasal symptoms. Using a prescription nasal steroid spray for a few days before and during the visit should work even better. If you're wheezing, ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you develop allergies from taking medicine or doing certain things? I'm allergic to beer and all pain medicines, but i wasn't always.

Can you develop allergies from taking medicine or doing certain things? I'm allergic to beer and all pain medicines, but i wasn't always.

Sensitization : Your body becomes sensitized to the offending substance and creates an allergic response to it. No specific activity, but some (fair skin, blue eyes, blonde or lt red hair) more predisposed than others. Consult an allergist for help with symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do to minimize adverse reaction I had to allegra-d?

What should I do to minimize adverse reaction I had to allegra-d?

Need more info: More information is needed before one can provide the advice on how to minimize the adverse reaction. Specifically what reaction was experienced? How long did it last? And has it happened before? ...Read more

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What medicines do I need to avoid taking if I suffer from allergic rhinitis?

What medicines do I need to avoid taking if I suffer from allergic rhinitis?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): The best medicines are antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec or allegra. Sudafed is also ok over the counter. Prescription nasal sprays like flonase, nasonexnasonex or patanase are fine too. But afrin has significant side effects and i don't recommend it to any patients. ...Read more

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If i had an allergic reaction to the z pack, what alternatives are there for me?

If i had an allergic reaction to the z pack, what alternatives are there for me?

Drug Allergy: Z pack means Azithromycin which is a macrolide antibiotic. Clarithromycin (biaxin), Erythromycin are from the same group. So you can be allergic to these also. Your doctor need to know you are allergic to azithromycin. There are many other classes of alternative antibiotics. Your doctor will decide accordingly if you need antibiotic in the future. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to MRI dye? I am very allergic to all sorts of things, so i'm a bit paranoid about getting an MRI done. Do you know if it's common to have an allergic reaction to MRI dye? If so, what type of bad reactions do people have? Is there a way

Allergic reaction to MRI dye? I am very allergic to all sorts of things, so i'm a bit paranoid about getting an MRI done.  Do you know if it's common to have an allergic reaction to MRI dye? If so, what type of bad reactions do people have? Is there a way

Acute : Acute allergic reactions to MRI contrast material ("dye") are rare, occuring in less than 0.1% of injections. Most reactions are mild, for example a rash, itching, or nasal stuffiness. However, some reactions are moderate or severe and require immediate medical management. Moderate reactions include shortness of breath, increased or decreased heart rate, or increased or decreased blood pressure. Severe reactions include respiratory distress, abnormal heart rhythm, seizure, or cardiopulmonary arrest. A radiologist, who is a physician who specializes in diagnostic imaging, is always available near the scanner to manage contrast reactions. There is no way to know ahead of time if you will have an allergic reaction to the dye. Potential factors that may increase your risk of an acute allergic reaction include a history of previous allergic reaction to iv-administered contrast medium (either gadolinium-containing, which is used for mri, or iodine-containing, which is used for ct), a prior allergic reaction to a substance other than contrast media, or a history of asthma. If your risk for a severe reaction is high, for example if you had a severe reaction in the past, your doctor may offer you steroids as premedication before the scan. ...Read more

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What to do about the after effects of an allergic reaction to fresh pineapple?

What to do about the after effects of an allergic reaction to fresh pineapple?

Oral allergy: If your reaction is limited to the mouth, which is usually the case with pineapple, time will heal it. This is not a life threatening allergy, it is called oral allergy syndrome. Take an oral antihistamine 30 minutes before eating it in the future or avoid it. Cooked pineapple should be ok. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more